You are a map maker!

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Have you seen the movie The Matrix?  In this post we are going to talk about how you know what you know.  In fact, you may want to “fasten your seat belt Dorothy because Kansas is going bye bye.” – Cypher

How do you know what is real?  “If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” – Morpheus

Don’t worry, I won’t proceed further and propose that we are all ‘copper-tops.’  However, the truth is that everything we feel, smell, taste, and see are electrical signals which our brains interpret, organize, and give meaning to.  Think about it and you can tell it is rather obvious, is it not?  It started when you were just a babe, soaking up everything like a sponge, putting everything in your mouth, and sorting by simple facts like… “this feels good, or this hurts.”  If the first dog a baby sees is angry, just watch how that baby will react to all other dogs.  If the baby then sees a gentle dog, he might conclude that there are different categories of dogs; nice and mean.  On and on it goes, categories connected to categories, given meanings, and all organized and arranged by your wonderful brain.

This is our amazing brain’s ability to store, and categorize our sensory experiences.  This stored data is what we refer to as ‘maps.’  In the next post I will talk about how your map is not the territory, it is only a map.  But first, what is the upside of all of this?

One upside is that we don’t have to keep relearning everything.  We also can learn from those who have gone before us, through the stories we read, or the classes we take.  We all stand on the shoulders of giants and can accomplish even more than those before us.  There is another upside that is even better; your past does not exist.

For sure it existed at one time.  However, all that now remains are the remnants of certain sights, sounds, smells, and sensations (some of which your brain may have distorted or perhaps even deleted).  These sensory based memories were given certain meanings and installed in your map.  What would happen if you thought back and updated that map?

  • Did it really happen that way?
  • Must it have those meanings?

You can change any memory or belief to serve you better today.  Someone once said, “It is never too late to have a happy childhood.”  If you could easily do this, what memory would you update and how would that make your life better?  So, do you want to examine your map, maybe for the first time, and make sure it is severing you well?  Not sure how to go about it?

No problem, this is where a Meta-Coach’s expertise comes in.  You will experience a powerful conversation and lasting change.  You will also learn valuable tools and insights.  You will be amazed at what you will accomplish even years after your sessions have ended.

If you want to take the ‘red pill’, contact me.   We can schedule a free, introductory coaching session so you can experience the Meta-Coaching process.